Climate Science

2018-2019
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Doel vak

The general aim of this course is to provide the student with a base
level of knowledge!
of the meteorological and climatological concepts and processes that
enables her/him to study scientific literature and understand present
and past climates and their spatial and temporal variation.
More specifically, after following the course, you will be able to:
• Describe the physical processes and mechanisms acting in the
atmosphere.
• Explain how the present climate is related to ocean currents and heat
transport.
• Understand how we can use natural archives in ice and sediment to
understand and describe past climate variations.
. understand the key interactions of biogeochemical cycles with climate
• Formulate and discuss key scientific climate problem in a two page
essay for a wider (not scientific) audience
• Know the important forcing mechanisms of climate over longer time-
scales! ! (1-100 kyr).

Inhoud vak

The land, oceans and atmosphere form a coupled system that interact to
produce a certain climate and type of weather. This course focuses on
the
interactions between the land, atmosphere and the oceans and integrates
knowledge from past, present and future climate.
It provides:
• an introduction to meteorology and current climate and weather
systems,
• a discussion of the thermodynamics, energy and momentum transport in
the atmosphere
• atmospheric and oceanic processes and mechanisms that influence
functioning of the current climate system (ENSO, Arctic oscillation),
. the interaction of the biogeochemical cycles and climate, C, N and P,
Fe
• variability of the climate sytem in the past and the use of natural
archives (e.g. ice, marine and terrestrial sediments) to explore past
variability,
• forcing mechanisms of climate variation such as insolation changes
(Milankovitch cyclicities)
• a description of (paleo-) climate modelling

Onderwijsvorm

The course has a study value of 6 ECTS and has a study load of about 168
hours.
The number of hours spent on the 12 lectures totals about 30 hours. The
remainder of the time (138 hours) is available to the student to study
the course documents, lecture notes and scientific papers and to make
assignments. Lecture notes and scientific papers will be made available
during the lectures and through the Canvas digital learning
environment.

Although presence at the lectures is not mandatory, you are strongly
encouraged to attend them as the lecture notes and handouts need to be
studied for the examination. Presence at the two workshops os
mandatory.

Climate science is a scientific subject that receives a lot of attention
in media, popular press. To understand this phenomenon more deeply you
are requested to write a semi-popular essay on a key issue in climate
science.

The essay needs to be written in a language understandable for general
(interested) public, while presenting the key scientific facts in a
clear and consistent manner.!

Toetsvorm

The mode of assessment consists of a closed-book written exam – with
multiple choice (50%) and open questions (50%)– at the end of the
course. As calculations may be part of the examination you should not
forget to bring your calculator. The exam counts for 75%. The essay
assignment counts for 15% and presence at the workshops for another 10%

Vereiste voorkennis

There are no required subjects for this course but we asssume that
students are familiar with the physical, chemical and mathematical
principles as taught in the first year courses ‘Fysica voor
aardwetenschappers (450064)’, ‘Geochemie voor aardwetenschappers
(450068)’, ‘Wiskunde en computergebruik (450063)’ and ’Global Change
(450007). Additionally, Isotopen Geochemie (AB_450141) will provide
background on the application of stable isotopes.!

Literatuur

We will use this year a draft copy of a book called "Biogeochemical
Cycles and Climate" by A.J. Dolman, Oxford Univ. Press (in press). A
digital copy will be provided.

Doelgroep

3rd year BSc students Earth Science, Earth & Economy, Future Planet
studies (UvA), or other upper level BSc students with a natural science
background

Aanbevolen voorkennis

There are no required subjects for this course but we asssume that
students are familiar with the physical, chemical and mathematical
principles as taught in the first year courses ‘Fysica voor
aardwetenschappers (450064)’, ‘Geochemie voor aardwetenschappers
(450068)’, ‘Wiskunde en computergebruik (450063)’ and ’Global Change
(450007). Additionally, Isotopen Geochemie (AB_450141) will provide
background on the application of stable isotopes.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode AB_1102
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. A.J. Dolman
Examinator prof. dr. A.J. Dolman
Docenten prof. dr. A.J. Dolman
dr. C.J. Beets

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